Roberto Mancini hopes to bring Nou Camp star to the Etihad Stadium.
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Man City hope to land Barcelona star in part-exchange deal
As they prepare to defend the Premier League title for the first time next season, Manchester City are being linked with a host of world class talent to potentially improve their squad.
There aren’t many better right-backs on the planet than Dani Alves, and the Brazilian full-back is on Roberto Mancini’s radar again, after a move last summer failed to materialise.
City are waiting in the wings, and knowledgeable of Barca’s lack of depth in a left-back capacity, are ready to include Aleksandar Kolarov as a makeweight in any deal.
Reports in Spain claim that City have tabled a £12million bid for Alves, and also offered the services of Kolarov as part of the agreement.
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Whilst Manchester City’s star is indeed rising and the fact that Etihad Stadium side can offer an almost limitless wage pot for any prospective purchase, is this offer going to be the type of bid that Barcelona would consider accepting?
Dani Alves has become a pivotal member of the Barcelona side, helping to link defence and attack with his marauding runs down the flank combined with the pace to back-track and keep opposition wingers in check, he is surely a player that incoming boss Tito Vilanova won’t want to lose this summer.
Factor in the make-weight in this deal, Aleksandar Kolarov, has been wholly underwhelming a presence in the title winning City side and one wonders why exactly the Nou Camp side would be willing to take a cash plus player option seriously. The Serbian international lost his place in Mancini’s plans when Gael Clichy arrived from Arsenal, with the Frenchman being a far more considered full back, able to mix defence and attack expertly.
City splashed out £16m on the former Lazio man so one can see why Mancini is keen to use the player in this manner but it may well take a larger cash based offer to help persuade Barcelona to sell a player who collected three La Liga titles, two Champions League triumphs and a host of other silverware during his four seasons at the Catalan giants.